Pep Guardiola says he will not rush Benjamin Mendy back for Manchester City after six months on the sidelines following knee surgery, however keen he is to play. NaijaBet.comThe French left-back, who made a big impression in the early weeks of the season after joining City from Monaco, has said he hopes to return to action next month.
But Guardiola wants to err on the side of caution and feels he may have to hold the 23-year-old back for his own good. NaijaBet.com
“Even if he believes he is strong, he is not strong enough. After six months, he has to be careful.” NaijaBet.com
The City boss said Mendy, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September, was back in full training and could help out the team for short periods, following the approach taken with Ilkay Gundogan, who also suffered a serious knee injury, in December 2016.
The German was eased back into action at the start of this season but it was not until a year after the injury that he began to start games regularly again. NaijaBet.com
“We cannot forget Gundogan played in the past month a lot of games – I think all the games, 90 minutes, except the last one,” said Guardiola.
“Maybe he (Mendy) can go to the World Cup and come back next season stronger.” NaijaBet.com